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Richard L. Roudebush VAMC, Indianapolis, Indiana

Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

Military Sexual Trauma (MST) is the term used by VA to refer to sexual assault or sexual harassment that occurred during a Veteran’s military service.

· MST can occur on or off base and while a Veteran is on or off duty.

· Perpetrators might be anyone: men or women, military personnel or civilians, commanding officers or subordinates, strangers, friends, or intimate partners.

· Veterans from all eras of service have reported experiencing MST.

MST affects both mental and physical health.

· Sexual assault is more likely to result in symptoms of PTSD than are most other types of trauma,  including combat.  Depression and substance abuse are also common.

· Sexual trauma is also associated with headaches, gastrointestinal difficulties, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and sexual dysfunction.

Veterans from all era of service have reported experiencing MST. Both men and women can experience MST.

The Indianapolis VAMC will address your MST with you respectfully and confidentially.

Your local MST contacts:

Laura Malone
MST Program Coordinator
Indianapolis VA Medical Center
(317) 988-3469
laura.malone@va.gov 

Lillian Abdur-Rahman
Indianapolis VA Medical Center
Women Veterans Program Manager
(317) 988-4642
lillian.abdur-rahman@va.gov  

Natasha Allen
Readjustment Counselor
Vet Center
(317) 988-1600
natasha.allen@va.gov

Patricia McAtee
VBA Regional Office
Women Veterans Coordinator
(317) 916-3462



Printable document for your reference

What is MST, and how does the VA help you?

Military Sexual Trauma: Stories from Survivors 

How does a Veteran get help?